to register for a room for the
deadline is March 1, 2013, after that $25 late fee.
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Founded in 1993, the
Professional Knifemakers Association, Inc. (PKA) is a nonprofit
professional organization with members throughout the world. PKA members
are professional knifemakers, purveyors of custom knives, and suppliers
to the trade, who derive a significant part of their income from the
making and sale of handcrafted knives.
The purpose of the PKA is to elevate awareness of the art and science of
handcrafted knives, provide educational opportunities for those
interested in making custom knives, and to promote the commercial and
representational interests of its membership.
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The PKA firmly believes
the interests of its membership are best served by our efforts to
acquaint the public with those qualities which so clearly distinguish
the custom, handcrafted knife from all others. Whether forged or ground
from a billet of raw steel, the custom knife is sculpted to reflect the
artistic expression of the maker welded to the utilitarian interests of
its intended user or collector.And like all fine works of art, the
custom knife endures beyond the life of both its maker and the person
who first buys it, into generations yet unborn.
Even when used as the tools they are, handcrafted knives gather
character, becoming more precious while others simply wear and are
discarded. For those of us who make these knives, the true reward of
these creations lies in the joy of seeing young eyes sparkle when one of
our knives is placed in their eager hand. "This was my father's knife,"
is the highest form of praise we will ever hear. No polish can ever
remove the pride that formed the blade, no wear will diminish the
dedication that shaped its edge.
We invite you to tour the PKA website, and learn more about the
organization, its members, activities, and community endeavors on behalf
of knifemakers everywhere. In the months ahead this site will grow to
include information on all our members as well as photos of their
knives, knifemaking products and services.